Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India

Jan 25, 2013

"A woman can do anything. That means me."

Sara tailoring
Sara tailoring

My name is Sara, and I am from Vishrantwadi.

Some time ago, my father died, and after that we suffered some serious financial problems.

I heard about the project and the vocational training they give to girls. I went there to learn tailoring and how to stitch clothes. However, I learnt many things alongside the tailoring which were very useful, such as the premarriage and personality development workshops.

My mother is very happy to see me as a tailor.

I  feel  a lot of gratitude to the project and the karuna trust for the work they are doing to help those who want to overcome their problems. 

They are helping to empower women. I was empowered thought becoming financially independent. I now earn money from my tailoring work, and have confidence in my life and future.

I learnt that I woman can do anything. That means me.

Dec 26, 2012

Preeti Thakur - Computer Class beneficiary

Priti and her parents
Priti and her parents

Name: -                                                Preeti Shatrughna Thakur

Education: -                                         11TH STD

Age:                                                     16 years


I am very happy to share my joy with you.

I passed my 10th grade exam with good marks, but after finishing my exams, I didn't know what to do with myself, and so remained stuck at home. Some project workers cam to my house one day to tell me about the computer courses they were running. I was interested, but used to go with my father, as I was scared of doing anything on my own.

My experience and feelings:

After joining the project I have been able to build my self-esteem and started thinking very positively about my own existence. As well as the computer classes, I have participated in many different activities and workshops such as the pre-marriage conselling, information sessions on HIV and AIDS, and workshops on personality development.

Not only has this all helped to build my self-confidence, it has also changed my parents attitudes. They now give me a freedom to think for myself, to make my own decisions, to go to classes, and they are thinking about higher education for me rather than marriage.

They seem to no longer be troubled that they only have daughters and no sons!

Dec 4, 2012

6 month activity report

Summary of Activities and Achievements

The project has successfully continued to organise various courses and is managing to enroll new girls from the same slum areas. Girls are building their confidence, communication skills, a network of peers, and the ability to face the difficult situations they encounter. There is particular interest and success in the provision of vocational skills training, which has allowed many girls from the community to get jobs and become financially independent.

The project team has built a good rapport with both the communities that they work in and other small NGOs operating in the area.

Another notable achievement is that many girls who had previously dropped out of school have re-enrolled through their contact with the project and are now attending school regularly. Study support classes continue to help these and other girls to remain in education. Overall, girls’ education has improved greatly in these slum communities, with a number of girls successfully enrolling in university.

Specific Project Activities
  • A total of 1,188 girls have attended sessions on the importance of good nutrition, maternal and neo-natal health and raising awareness of anaemia, including 104 girls who attended haemoglobin check-up camps.
  • A total of 638 girls have attended sessions and workshops increasing their awareness and knowledge of hygiene and health. Of these, 248 girls attended health check-up camps.
  • 438 girls learnt about their bodies, with a particular emphasis on their reproductive systems, and the effects of early pregnancy. 41 of these attended pre-marriage counselling workshops. 
  • 1,627 girls have greater self-confidence, communication skills and are better equipped to respond effectively when they face violence, after: a number of life skills sessions, communication workshops, increased awareness around domestic violence and sexual abuse, and visits outside the slums, to banks, orphanages and police centres. 206 of these girls have undertaken computing or tailoring courses which will allow them to take steps towards financial self-sufficiency. 
Nov 21, 2012

"my first time... seating in front of a computer"

Name:        Prachi Kamble.

Age:           18 years

Education: 10th STD


I know the project well because my mother did a fashion design course and told me about it. I was interested to do something similar which would allow me to get a job, so I could help the family.

There are 5 of us in the family. My father works as a servant in a bungalow in Koregaon Park. He also does maintenance work there. My mother is a house wife. I have one younger brother and he is in the 9th STD. My grandmother is very old. My father’s income is not enough to fulfill our family needs, and so I decided to find a job to support the family. This was how I came to enroll on a computer course.

 Feelings and feedback:

This was my first time, in my life, sitting in front of a computer. In addition to these computer classes, I also learned a number of other skills important in our day to day life like communication skills, awareness on HIV and AIDS, knowledge about our bodies and reproductive systems and so forth. 

I am really satisfied with how this course as gone, especially because the teachers were very cooperative and helpful. After finishing the course I got a job at the Videocon call centre. I feel confident enough to do my job well, and I am very happy to the foundation for supporting me.

Prachi’s Mother says:

After joining the computer course there was a tremendous change in Prachi. She learnt how to respect her elders, how to behave with family members; listening to them and trying to understand what they are saying. Before joining the course she did not listen to us. She has changed now. Her father too is very happy with her and her achievements.

Oct 24, 2012

Latest pictures from the project


Dear supporters,

This week's update is a short but colourful one. 

The project continues to benefit many girls, especially in the new slum areas where it has started working. As you can imagine, it's not always top priority to collect stories from the different girls. Instead, with this update, I am happy to share with you many recent pictures we have received many recent pictures from the project.

As I stated in my recent report, one of the greatest things the project offers the girls, aside from all the essential life and vocational skills training, is the opportunity to enjoy time with other girls of the same age.

Instead of being trapped in a house waiting for the day they are married, they are able to see that there are others in their situation, that they can form friendships, and together they can work towards a brighter future for themselves.

I think that you can see that clearly in these pictures, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 

Life Skills Class
Life Skills Class
Health awareness through body training
Health awareness through body training
Sex Education Workshop
Sex Education Workshop

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Karuna Trust

London, England, United Kingdom

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Steven Murdoch

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